British cycling burst onto the world stage in 1992 when Chris Boardman rode to victory in the individual pursuit at the Barcelona Olympics on a Lotus Sport 108 track bike. Great Britain’s previous Olympic gold had been 72 years previously.
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Only 15 of the original Type 108 track frames were ever built and many of them have ended up in museum collections.
How much speed can you buy?
Now there’s a frame of the road-going Lotus Sport 110 up for sale on eBay, with an asking price of £8000.
The eBay sale closes on 8 December. The seller lives in Cornwall and claims they bought the bike a few years ago in Amsterdam from a Dutch guy who had purchased the frame new in the 1990s from Lotus.
The original purchaser had requested a custom yellow paint job from Lotus, as opposed to the usual black. The Lotus Sport logos were removed after spraying so that the name comes up in native carbon. The bike had been kept in a bike bag since it was delivered.
Originally planning to race time trials on the frame, the current owner bought a set of HED wheels to go with the rig. But setting it up for riding would have meant drilling the seatpost, so it’s spent the last few years in a bike bag and the HEDs have already been sold.
The frame is a size large and the seller hopes that its new owner will keep it on the wall rather than build it up – which would seem a smart move if you own such an iconic piece of cycling memorabilia.